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Bill (2015)

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What really happened during Shakespeare's 'Lost Years'? Hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his home to follow his dream.


Richard Bracewell





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathew Baynton ... William 'Bill' Shakespeare / Lord Burghley / English Messenger / Customs Official
Simon Farnaby ... Earl of Croydon / Juan Domingo / Sausage / Dmitri Alexandrovitch / Fur Seller
Martha Howe-Douglas ... Anne Hathaway / Molly / Spanish Courtier / Body Collector
Jim Howick ... Christopher Marlowe / Gabriel Montoya / Cynical Jester / Palace Doorman / Mysterious Man / Even Grubbier Thief / Party Planner
Laurence Rickard ... Sir Francis Walsingham / Lope Lopez / Stand-Up Jester / Chatty Guard / Slightly Late Courtier / Ian / Hanging Criminal / Chicken Drumstick
Ben Willbond ... King Phillip II of Spain / Earl of Southampton / Grubby Thief / Alexander Dimitrievitch / Head of Guards
David Crow David Crow ... Ramon: Cockney Player / Sergeant
Jamie Demetriou ... Sergio: Cockney Player
Richard Atwill Richard Atwill ... Seve: Cockney Player
John Henry Falle John Henry Falle ... Miguel: Cockney Player
Andrew Young Andrew Young ... Spanish Guard 1
Elliot Young Elliot Young ... Spanish Guard 2
Damian Lewis ... Sir Richard Hawkins
Michael Collin Michael Collin ... Despatch Rider
Susy Kane ... Lady-in-waiting


A down on his luck William "Bill" Shakespeare decides to pursue his latest dream: to be an aspiring writer. His adventure soon becomes dangerous when he is caught between a act of murder.

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Comedy | Family | History


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Most of the film was shot in York during an especially wet winter. Tudor London was largely recreated in the inner courtyard of Castle Bolton. See more »


When Bill enters the tavern, he makes no reaction to his possessions missing from his wooden staff. See more »


Earl of Croydon: [after seeing the run through of Bill's original play] Oh God, I'm dead!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Bill's Lute Solo
Written by Mathew Baynton & Rob Smoughton
Performed by James Bellamy
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Surprisingly good
19 November 2017 | by diadectes58See all my reviews

I have just watched this movie on Amazon Prime. I had never heard of it but it was free to view so I thought I would give it a try. I ended up watching it till the end (plus the credits) and really enjoyed it. It was amusing rather than funny but I laughed out loud a few times. It is a bit silly so is not recommended if you like serious films. However, if you like Monty Python and Blackadder you should like this film. I will not say anything about the story as if you are reading this you are obviously on IMDb so will probably have read the plot and a few other reviews. It is definitely worth watching and surprisingly good. More so if you are from the UK as other nationalities will miss a lot of the jokes and humour. It is also full of quotes from Shakespeare, Easter Eggs and at least one reference to a certain science fiction movie.

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Release Date:

18 September 2015 (UK) See more »

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